Ludvig Irgens-Jensen

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Paul Ludvig Irgens-Jensen (13 April 1894 – 11 April 1969) was a Norwegian twentieth-century composer.

Irgens-Jensen studied piano with Nils Larsen while a philology student at the University of Oslo. He began composing in 1920, and the radical nature of his work attracted some interest. Irgens-Jensen's oratorio Heimferd (for solo choir and orchestra) won first prize in a national competition, and is considered a national monument of sorts for Norway. The song Altar is one of his most familiar works.

During the Second World War, Irgens-Jensen composed several songs and orchestral works to patriotic texts; due to the restrictions imposed by the Nazis, these works had to be distributed anonymously and illegally. Irgens-Jensen is often characterized as a neo-Classical composer.


  • Violin Sonata in B-flat (1923)
  • Tema con variazioni (1925)
  • Piano Quintet (1927)
  • Passacaglia (1927)
  • Heimferd (1930)
  • Der Gott und die Bajadere (1932)
  • Partita Sinfonica (1938)
  • Pastorale religioso (1939)
  • Symphony in D minor (1942)
  • Canto d'omaggio (1950)
  • Japanischer Frühling (1957)
  • Air (1959)